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Leadership Harrisonburg-Rockingham

About the Program:

Leadership Harrisonburg-Rockingham is designed to expose current and aspiring leaders to the many different aspects of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County; educating them about the community’s past, present and future, including our strengths and opportunities that will help us build a better tomorrow. 

Since its inception in 1979, the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce’s Community Leadership Program has been a great way to make contacts with other professionals in our area. It is an exceptional resource for building community awareness and enhancing team leadership skills.

2016-2017 Participants:

Emily Akiyama – WHSV TV-3
Randy Atkins – Journeys Crossing/TimberView Crossing
Michele Bridges – Rockingham County Economic Development
Rahul Bried – Dynamic Aviation
Jennifer Coppola – LD&B Insurance
Patricia Davidson – Rockingham County
Hillary Dorzweiler – PBMares
Andrea Dono – Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance
Tomika Ferguson – JMU
Annie-Margaret Frazier – Bridgewater Retirement Community
Jonathan Green – RR Donnelley
Allan Good – Tactical & Survival Specialties Inc
Carol Hamilton – JMU
Phillip Langeberg – Massanutten Resort
Mitchell Leap – Nielsen Builders
Amanda Leech – United Way of Harrisonburg
Kelly Long – Massanutten Resort<
Joe Morris – Rockingham County Fire & Rescue
Antoinette Lucas – Morgan Stanley
Terri Perry – Rockingham County
Avery Powell – WHSV TV-3
Brad Reese – Local Chop House & Joshua Wilton House
Jeremy Rhodes – Nielsen Builders
Matthew Robinson – Farmers & Merchants Bank
Christine Schmidt – VMRC
Jennifer Shifflett – Union Bank & Trust
Sarah Strickler - VMRC
Laura Spicer – Sodexo @ Bridgewater Retirement Community
Enakai Zometa – Big Brothers Big Sisters

2016-2017 Schedule:

Leadership Harrisonburg-Rockingham is a 9-month series (September-May, with a graduation luncheon in June).

Participants attend half-day sessions once a month focusing on local topics of interest, including Education, Health and Wellness, Government, Public Safety, Workplace Communication and more. The first session is a late afternoon information and welcome reception. All other sessions are half-day sessions and include lunch. They are held at different locations throughout the City and County and may include walking tours of facilities where available.

  • August 18: Welcome Reception & Orientation @ Union Station

  • September 15: Team Building @ Camp Horizons
    Participants engage in activities designed to encourage team building and interaction.

  • October 20: Local Non-Profits @ Clementine
    Participants learn about the local non-profits, the services they provide and their impact on the community.

  • November 17: Education/Life Long Learning @ Thomas Harrison Middle School/American National University
    Session focuses on current topics of interest in the education sector.

  • December 15: Local History, Government and Legislative Affairs @ Harrisonburg City Building
    Participants interact with local government officials and leaders in legislative public policy.

  • January 19: Trip to Capital Hill · Richmond
    For the first time, participants traveled to Richmond during the General Assembly session to see first-hand how the General Assembly and other state leaders impact our community by thier actions. 

  • February 16: Public Safety @ City of Harrisonburg Police Administration building
    Local law enforcement officials interact with the class to offer an overview of public safety and response in the area.

  • March 16: Workplace Communication @ CrossKeys Vineyards
    Participants learn about various personality types and gain insight into their own style of communication.

  • April 20: Development and Sustainability @ MillerCoors Shenandoah Brewery
    Participants learn about development and sustainability from the perspective of both local business and government.

  • May 18: Arts & Entertainment @ TBA
    Participants learn how arts and entertainment contribute to our economy and quality of life.

  • June 15: Graduation @ Virginia Retirement Community

Questions regarding the leadership program may be directed to cturner@hrchamber.org.

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